Anyone who had doubts over Liverpool winning the 2019-20 Premier League title were surely put to bed on Boxing Day as Jurgen Klopp’s side hammered second place Leicester City 4-0 at the King Power Stadium.
The Reds could easily have scored once or twice before they broke the deadlock on the half hour mark when Roberto Firmino headed home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross from deep. Both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah had missed excellent opportunities earlier.
Leicester created very little in what was a similar performance to that of their 3-1 hammering at Manchester City before Christmas. Jamie Vardy had very little service as the visitors looked to extend their lead.
It didn’t come until the final 20 minutes and it was more than deserved. This time, Caglar Soyuncu gifted Liverpool a penalty by handling Alexander-Arnold’s corner inside the penalty area. James Milner coolly converted.
Two quickly became three as Firmino had time and space to control Alexander-Arnold’s cross just outside the six yard box before casually placing the ball into the top corner, beyond the helpless Kasper Schmeichel.
In a man of the match performance, Trent Alexander-Arnold completed the scoring in the 78th minute with a first time effort into the bottom corner from 17 yards.
Liverpool now have a 13-point lead and a game in hand and it’s only the halfway stage of the 2019-20 Premier League season. Any doubters over their title credentials should probably follow a different hobby for the remainder of the campaign.